Arizona Oddities’ Top 10 Posts of 2013

Movie Film Strip

A special thank you to all of the new and loyal readers of Arizona Oddities. 2013 has been an exciting year in Arizona, and we look forward to 2014. Looking back, here’s an overview of our most popular posts this year…

Arizona Oddities’ Favorite 13 Posts from 2013

Buildings at Robert L. Duffy High School in Phoenix are painted like planets. Photo Credit: Sam Lowe

We offer a wide range of stories on Arizona Oddities catering to an eclectic group of fans from around the state. From history and recreation to artistic endeavors and those weird things you see along the highway, we’ve got it covered. Here, we’re showcasing our favorite 13 posts from 2013 (in no particular order).

Trivia on Arizona Cities & Towns 2: Can You Pass?

Arizona State Map

Test your knowledge of Arizona cities and towns with this short quiz, originally published in Marshall Trimble’s Official Arizona Trivia. Don’t scroll down too quickly. The answers are posted shortly below the questions. When you’re finished, leave a comment with your score.

The Making Of Olive Oil Slippery Job

Olive trees in Old Town Scottsdale.

Q: Being Canadian and never having seen real olive trees, I am delighted to find one on my daughter’s property in Paradise Valley. What do you do with them? I have visions of dancing and crushing them beneath our callused Canadian feet for the first press of a famous new olive oil. A: One day last winter I wrote something mildly snarky about winter visitors and got calls and letters from grouchy snowbirds for days afterward.

Rotten Row: A Glimpse into the Lives of Boom Town Lawyers

Justice is served

Quite naturally, it was only a matter of time before disputes over boundaries of mining claims and real estate properties required the presence of the much-maligned frontier lawyer. Litigation became the single most lucrative, money making scheme among this frontier society dedicated to the principles of getting rich without working.